In January 2017, “Sesame Street” season 47 is returning to HBO. It comes back with a re-imagined segment of “Elmo’s World,” which contains a kindness module for pre-schoolers.
Tony winners James Corden, Bill Irwin and Daveed Diggs along with Zachary Levi, Tony nominee, will feature in the children’s show. In addition to the return of Bill Irwin, we will have Daniel Koren, the comic, and Diggs (Hamilton), Tony winner, as his brothers.
Lessons will be taught using important pre-school concepts, as well as interactive thinking strategies like sorting, matching and counting. Live-action movies will also be part of the curriculum.
The show introduces a new character like Mr. Noodle, played by Bill, and real pet dogs, Frank, Schmoodle and Foodle.
Elmo, along with his friend Smartie, a learning tool and animated cell phone, are accompanied by kids. Together, they use their imagination to talk about the topic of the day.
Creative Director and EVP of Sesame Workshop Brown Johnson said, “We’re excited to bring back an inventive and interactive take on one of the most successful children’s television segments, ‘Elmo’s World,’ for today’s kids”.
According to Deadline, Johnson also said, “Kids love to learn with Elmo, and they are sure to enjoy the beautiful new chalk-drawn world Elmo creates in his imagination. We are also thrilled to be working with the legendary ‘original’ Mr. Noodle, Bill Irwin, and proud to bring two new diverse and multi-talented Mr. Noodles into our ‘World.”
The kindness curriculum in the new season of “Sesame Street” includes a new segment, namely “kindness cam,” in which clips from episodes are shown to kids. Also, live-action films will be shown where children are depicted doing acts of kindness. This enforces learning through repetition.
The SVP Content and Curriculum of Sesame Workshop, Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, said, “Kindness and empathy are learned behaviors,” adding, “t is important for preschool children to see and understand what it means to be kind. Children can learn that kindness means understanding the feelings and needs of others and that being kind not only makes others feel good, it can make them feel good too.”